In preparing for publication another work, the author was deeply
impressed with the terrible and affecting sight of the Incarnate Son of
God, crowned with sharp thorns, mocked, insulted, blasphemed, and
tortured by cruel executioners. This extraordinary and awful spectacle,
never before witnessed in the history of human suffering and human
barbarity, naturally makes on the mind of the Christian believer the
impression that some important mystery is intended by the divine Victim
in consenting to endure such unheard-of tortures and deep humiliations.
So far as his limited capacity and the means at his disposal would
allow, the author has endeavored to study this very interesting subject,
and ventures to give in this little work the result of his labors.
From a review:
Contemplating the holy face on the Shroud of Turin, one sees a deep
wound on the forehead of our savior where one of the many thorns of his
cruel crown punctured that very spot above his eyes where those members
of his Church are marked who enter rightly into the penitential season.
From the many figures of that spiny diadem in the old testament, to the
reality of the instrument of torture beaten into the head of the son of
God amidst insults and spittle, this terrible book, unforgettable in its
endearing pathos, will help us to understand something of the true
ugliness of sin and the awesome price that the Just One had to pay in